PROFILE: Clyde Lemon became fond of greyhounds at an early age. Lemon remained in his home town of Portis, Kansas where he had a service station. In 1979 when Lemon was added to the PIONEER section, both he and his wife still lived in Portis.

HISTORY: Clyde Lemon entered the greyhound business to ‘supplement’ his income in the ‘Dirty Thirties’. Lemon acquired his first greyhound through a friend, Albert Horne. Lemon was in partnership with two other Portis men, Fred Brunbaugh and Glenn Laman. Some of this countries best greyhounds came from the Lemon farm in those days. Greyhounds like RURAL RUBE and FERN NATURE who are both enshrined in the Greyhound Hall of Fame. Lemon entered his first National Meet in 1934 and from then on participated for more than 40 years. Lemon was known in the Kansas area for being a ‘stud master’, offering many of that eras great sires to the public.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Clyde Lemon led more winners and runner-ups to the presentation stand at National Meets than any other owner in his 40 year span. Lemon handled some of the greatest stud dogs of the time: ROCKER MAC, IMP, RURAL SPEEDSTER, NEVER ROLL, NEVER HAPPY, MY FRIEND LOU and CACTUS LONESOME have all continued to positively influence the greyhound industry. Lemon served as vice-president to the NCA in 1947 through 1949 and its president in 1968 and 1969.